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Kingston picking up the pace

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By The Staff

By BRODY JONES

Roane Newspapers

After struggling at the start of the 2008 season, the Kingston Yellow Jackets seem to be hitting their stride as Bruce Robinette’s squad have now won three games in a row.

The streak started last week with a 3-1 victory over District 4-AA foe Anderson County and it continued Monday and Tuesday with district victories over Stone Memorial. The Jackets downed the Panthers 19-6 on Monday and 5-0 on Tuesday.

Kingston vs. Anderson County

In close baseball games, runs are of the essence. Such proved true for the Kingston Yellow Jackets against the Anderson County Mavericks by a 3-1 margin in recent baseball action.

In the top of the first, the Mavs pushed across a run, but in the bottom of the inning, the Jackets responded with a two-run single off the bat of Jeff Smith to take a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the next inning, Matt Francis stole home to give the Jackets a 3-1 lead.

Thanks to an excellent day’s work on the mound by Alex Martin, who threw 125 pitches going the distance with 12 strikeouts and four walks while giving up one lone run, Kingston escaped Anderson County with a 3-1 win.

The Jackets were led at the plate by Bradley Mitchell with a 2 for 3 day. Tyler Adams, Alex Roberts, Alex Martin and Smith all added a hit in the victory with Smith driving in a pair of RBIs.

Kingston vs. Stone Memorial (Monday)

Looking at the final score of this game is a bit misleading as in the top of the seventh Kingston led just 7-5, but the Yellow Jackets used an offensive fireworks display that was rivaled only by the Boomsday festival with a jaw-dropping 12 runs coming home in the seventh inning to cruise to a 19-6 pummeling of the Stone Memorial Panthers.

Stone started the scoring with two runs in the top of the opening inning followed by another the next inning to take a 3-0 lead.

The next inning, the Panthers added another run, but Kingston responded with an Alex Roberts solo home run in the bottom of the third inning.

Kingston added six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 7-4 lead.

The Panthers responded with a run in the top of the next inning to cut the deficit down to 7-5.

Then, in the top of the seventh, the floodgates opened on Stone Memorial and the Jackets brought home 12 runs on 10 hits to take a 19-5.

Stone would cut the final margin to 19-6, but this night belonged to the Yellow Jackets.

Leading the batters for the Jackets were Luke Barnett and Chancey Miller with three hits each. Others getting multiple hits included Bradley Mitchell, Alex Roberts, Alex Martin and Jeff Smith.

Tim Bolden picked up the win on the mound going five innings for four strikeouts, giving up two walks and five runs.

Kingston Vs. Stone Memorial (Tuesday)

They say that the best defense is a good offense. The Kingston Yellow Jackets proved that theory to be true, taking home a 5-0 victory over the Stone Memorial Panthers Tuesday night at Legion Field.

The game started off with three and a half innings of shutout baseball, but Kingston awakened their sleeping bats in the bottom of the fourth with a two-run double from Jeff Smith and in the next at bat, Matt Laughery crushed the ball all the way over the fence for a two-run homer to take a 4-0 lead.

The Jackets kept the Panthers at bay with excellent pitching from Alex Martin and added an extra run in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice RBI from Laughery to give the Jackets the 5-0 win.

Kingston was led at the plate by Martin with a 3 for 3 day plus getting the win on the mound, going the distance with seven strikeouts and no walks giving up four hits.

Stone Memorial was led at the plate by Jon Doran with a 2 for 3 day at the plate with a double and Justin Patton went the distance for the loss with three strikeouts and three walks, giving up five runs on six hits.